Florida State climbs to third in BSC poll

Updated: October 27, 2003, 6:37 PM ET

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey - Suddenly, Florida State is very much in the national championship picture.

The Seminoles, who have clinched at least a tie for their 12th Atlantic Coast Conference title in 13 years, climbed two spots to third in the second installment of the Bowl Championship Series standings released Monday.

Oklahoma (8-0) and Miami (7-0), the only remaining unbeaten teams among the six BCS conferences, remained one-two. With a rating of 1.17, the Sooners have a 0.40 lead over the Hurricanes where the lowest score is considered best.

Florida State (7-1), which has 3.50 points, jumped over Virginia Tech and Georgia into the third spot and leads eight one-loss teams in the top 12. Should Miami lose a game, the Seminoles could jump over the Hurricanes, who handed Florida State its only defeat.

Virginia Tech (6-1) was third last week but has played a suspect schedule and plummeted to 16th following its 28-7 loss to West Virginia last week. Virgia Tech will have a chance to regain some of its lost ground this week as the Hokies host Miami.

Southern California (7-1) jumped three spots to fourth while Georgia (7-1) slipped one notch to fifth. In the coaches' poll, both the Trojans and Bulldogs are ranked ahead of Florida State, which is fifth.

Washington State (7-1) is sixth, followed by Ohio State (7-1), Louisiana State (7-1), Nebraska (7-1) and Michigan State (7-1). Texas Christian (8-0), the only other unbeaten team in Division I-A, is 12th.

The formula makes it next to impossible for schools like TCU, a member of Conference USA, to move its way up to first or second, even if the Horned Frogs went undefeated.

The odds of landing a berth in any BCS game, which pay out about $13 million per team, also are long. Right now, a team must be in the top six to guarantee a bid and in the top 12 merely to be eligible.

Seven computer rankings are used this season: Anderson & Hester, Jeff Sagarin, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Peter Wolfe and the New York Times.

Its members include the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and Southeastern Conferences as well as Notre Dame. The format calls for the championship game to be rotated among the Orange, Rose, Sugar and Fiesta Bowls.

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